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tarpon19
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What is the best way to backup your website?

What is a good way or the best way to backup your website?
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rudolf
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Hi Tarpon19,

You should upload your website. If your computer breaks down, you can rely on your hosting. Same way the other way around. You can add a folder to your site called "Backup" and upload backup files there, while the actual used files are located in the main folder of your site.

Also, if you really want to be sure, like when your webhost becomes bankrupt, and your house burns down, you can also backup your files using a USB stick. I always carry one in my pocket.

Regards, Rudolf
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cchhita
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Hi Tarpon,

Rudolf is right, your Hosting company does make backups (usually daily), but still it is always a good idea to have an offsite backup.

If you have Cpanel, you can backup the site quite easily. Login to your Cpanel, then go to Backups.

From here you can download a Home Directory Backup, and if you have a database you can download this too!

I have yet to find a good script that will backup my files for me, but I have found a few that backup the database (as I use a Content Manager for my sites and they require a database).


Hope that helps.
Cheers
Chirag
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tarpon19
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Good advice guys, I already do make backups like referenced above but I wanted to see if there are any better, safer ways. I was going to buy another pc and put all the same data on the other pc as well (Plus I just want a new pc ;)
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I like to live dangerously :P

Actually, I've never thought about my computer burning up or my host going bankrupt. I think I should be pretty safe :)

Archive.org shows you what pages looked like anyway doesn't it?
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I'm all for finding dubious reasons to buy new stuff, but really... what does an extra computer offer than an external hard drive or USB stick doesn't?

If I were you I'd keep one copy on your computer, make sure it's the same as the stuff on your website, and then periodically back up the site onto a USB drive or something. With three copies I think you'll be pretty safe.

Oh, and you know that mp3 players like iPods act as external hard drives/USB drives as well? Need a new mp3 player? :)

All the best,
Mark
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lunatunes
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Hi Tarpon,

Ive been using a service called Mozy for about 5 months now and I really like
them a lot. For $4.95 a month I feel pretty secure knowing that as little or as
much of my hard drive that I want is backed up. You can schedule the back up to be automatic. I have it back up my computer every 2 days.
I put the link in my signature if you would like to check it out.

Blessings,
Randy
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tarpon19
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Thanks for all the replies everyone ;)
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